New entrant to Movement
writes to us
Saturday, 28 August 1999
Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman:
Recently, I had the luxury of joining the Ahmadiyya Anjuman upon Samina
Sahukhan's visit to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I'm still overwhelmed
with emotion. When I first heard of Sister Samina coming to Albuquerque,
I wasn't sure what to expect. I have had bad experiences with Muslims
before, and I wasn't sure what was going to happen when meeting this
Muslim sister that I had read so much about. However, upon meeting
Mrs. Samina, all feelings of nervousness completely disappeared. I
immediately felt at ease as she greeted me in Peace, and I returned
the same greeting. I could tell that she was being guided by some
special force, and that force was the love of Islam and the message
of friendliness and peace.
As I sat talking with Mrs. Samina, I couldn't help
but think that this was the same woman who just completed the major
undertaking of presenting the Qur'an in Russian to the Russian people.
This is the woman I had seen on the internet pages and The Light
Magazine spreading the teachings of Islam and Hazrat Mirza Ghulam
Ahmad to the world, and here she was visting this one little man in
the small city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. All Praise is due to Allah.
I was even more surprised with the books she gave me to read from
the Ahmadiyya Anjuman. I've already started reading Christ is Come
by Mirza Masum Beg, and plan on reading the other books as time allows.
I must say thank you again to both Sister Samina and the Ahmadiyya
Anjuman for providing these books of spiritual truth. As for a little
information about myself.
I first heard of Islam when my family was teaching
Bible Study in the local prisons. One of the Muslim prisoners had
mentioned something about Christ and recognition of other prophets
of Allah. Like other Christians, we were told that Muslims hated Christ
and the other prophets of Israel. Yet, what I read in the Qur'an and
in other Islamic literature went against this false story. I then
took it upon myself to learn more about Islam. After years of reading
various books, including Maulana Muhammad Ali's book The Religion
of Islam, I converted to Islam, while attending undergraduate
school at New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, NM, in 1991.
I attended the local mosque in Las Cruces as well as
the mosque in Albuqerque, and I immediately began to see the corruption
of Islam by certain Ulama and Imams. There was a lot of fighting between
the Muslims and racism was also beginning to set into the mosque there.
Because of all of this, I was forced to stay away from the mosque
and basically started worshiping on my own. It wasn't long before
I realized that this wasn't working. However, I couldn't go back to
the mosque. I slowly began to stop saying my prayers and began looking
into other religious faiths. I had investigated the Jehovah's witnesses,
Sihkism, and the Baha'i Faith, but none of these religions could satisfy
my soul. I had heard of Muslims, whom upon being humiliated by Christian
Missionaries, went back to worshipping saints and idols. While I didn't
go as far as worshiping idols, I did begin to feel misplaced in my
faith in Islam. Upon doing some praying and fasting, I asked Allah
to guide me on the right path. In answering this prayer, it was in
1996 that I first heard of the Ahmadiyya.
While searching for research material on Islam at the
college library, I came upon the Ahmadiyyah Anjuman magazine The
Light. I knew I had seen the name before, but couldn't quite place
it. Then I went back and looked in my Qur'an and there it was in my
Maulana Muhammad Ali translation of the Qur'an, "Ahmadiyya Anjuman."
I had no idea that the Ahmadiyya Anjuman was an Islamic group. I knew
I had to find out more about this Islamic group. After graduating
from New Mexico State in 1996, I went back to my hometown of Albuquerque
and began working as a teacher. This kind of took me away from my
mission. And it wasn't until about two years later, after being accepted
into graduate school, that I began to complete this mission.
I began reading everything I could on the Ahmadiyya
Anjuman. A friend of mine even told me about your web site. Using
both the web site and the books, I began to investigate Hazrat Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad's claim of being a Mahdi. Having studied different Islamic
sects and religions, I knew that the Mahdi would have to be of Persian
descent, and that he would have to fulfill certain signs such as breaking
the cross, and fulfilling the sign of the double eclipse. After doing
much reading and research, I was amazed to find out that Hazrat Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad fulfilled all of these expectations. I was so mesmerized
by this fact, and so content on these teachings that I finally had
to write a letter to the Ahmadiyya Anjuman expressing my wishes to
join. Now, as of Friday, August 27, 1999, my prayers have finally
I can only give thanks to Allah for guiding me to the
Ahmadiyya Anjuman. As Qui-Gon said in Star Wars, Epsiode I, The Phantom
Menance, nothing happens by coincidence or mistake, everything happens
for a reason. We never know how Allah answers prayers. However, like
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad teaches us, we should have complete faith
in Allah in answering our prayers. There is no doubt in my mind, since
Sister Samina's visit, that my prayers have been answered.